The impact of co-resident adult children on Australian parents: A pilot study

Emma Tarrant (2011). The impact of co-resident adult children on Australian parents: A pilot study Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

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Author Emma Tarrant
Thesis Title The impact of co-resident adult children on Australian parents: A pilot study
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2011-10-12
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Dr Helen Stallman
Total pages 69
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary A variety of societal changes have led to the prolonged co-residency of adult children in the parental home. In North American and European studies, co-residence of adult children has been shown to affect parents’ quality of life, yet no research has examined the effect on Australian parents. The aim of this study was to examine the impact of co-residency on parental adjustment. Participants were a convenience sample of Australian parents (N = 113) with a focal child over the age of 18 living at home. Parents completed an online survey on parental adjustment, marital relationship quality, parental conflict, perceived adulthood status of their adult child, parenting styles and levels of parent-child conflict. Results indicated that parenting style, in particular those parents who were disapproving, had an impact on levels of parental depression, anxiety and stress. Perceived adulthood status of the adult child living at home and parenting style were also found to significantly predict levels of parent-child conflict. In addition, the relationship between perceived adulthood status of child and parent-child conflict was partially mediated by disapproving parenting, suggesting that if parents and young adults disagreed about adulthood status, parents disapproved as a consequence, leading to increased levels of parent-child conflict. These results may be utilised to suggest possible targets for interventions which may assist parents achieve to functional relationships during this extended period of adult child co-residency. Such interventions will be discussed in depth.
Keyword Impact of co-resident adult children
Parental adjustment

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